Gee’s Bend comes to Searsport

Jul 23, 2014
Quilts, and quilters, from Gee’s Bend, Ala., will be on hand Saturday, Aug. 2, at Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport.

Searsport — Work by Gee’s Bend quilters China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo Quilts — non-traditional quilts that have been called by the New York Times “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced” — will go on view at Penobscot Marine Museum Saturday, Aug. 2, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the opening of the exhibit “Do It Your Way: Gee’s Bend Quilts & Quilters in Maine.”

This exhibit, sponsored by Fiber College of Maine and the Emily and William Muir Community Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, will be at Penobscot Marine Museum’s Main Street Gallery, 40 East Main St./Route 1, Aug. 2 through Sept. 7.

The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Ala., were catapulted into national celebrity in 1998 when an art collector saw their quilts and organized an exhibition which began at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts and traveled to nine major museums across the country including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Whitney Museum in New York City. The quilts of Gee’s Bend have been written up in Newsweek, O, Smithsonian Magazine and Martha Stewart Living.

“Do It Your Way” is a collaboration between Penobscot Marine Museum; Fiber College of Maine, where the ladies will be teaching quilting classes Sept. 3 through 8; and Maine Fiberarts, which has an exhibit of Gee’s Bend quilts through Aug. 30 in Topsham.

On the evening of Sept. 3, the First Congregational Church of Searsport will host a New England boiled dinner and a discussion forum and gospel singing with China Pettway, Stella Mae Pettaway, Revil Mosley and Lucy Mingo. The forum, during which two quilts will be raffled, will be moderated by Maine Center for Contemporary Art Director Suzette McAvoy.   This event was organized by Fiber College of Maine and tickets are available through their website fibercollege.org or by calling 548-6059.

For more information on the exhibit, call Penobscot Marine Museum at 548-2529. For more information about Fiber College of Maine, the largest fiber arts education gathering on the East Coast, call 548-6059. For more information about Maine Fiberarts, which has fiber exhibitions, studio tours and networking events, call 721-0678.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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